Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Google's Profit Hits $9.4m Amid Data Privacy Concerns

Google's Profit Hits $9.4m Amid Data Privacy Concerns

Corporate insiders own 13.92% of the company's stock. Morgan Stanley reissued an "overweight" rating and set a $1,215.00 target price (up previously from $1,210.00) on shares of Alphabet in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, thirty-seven have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company's stock.

Ives rates Alphabet stock Highly Attractive, while reiterating a price target of $1,280, which implies a 19% upside from Monday's closing price. Key committees had originally invited Google CEO Sundar Pichai to testify as well. Also, Director Ann Mather sold 37 shares of the business's stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 1st. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Following Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's highly publicised hearings on Capitol Hill this month, lawmakers from both parties have pledged to introduce new data privacy regulations that would strike at the heart of Google's business.

52-Week Range are valuable stats for watching Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)'s past year fluctuation as that gives investors an idea of how much the security has moved in the last year and whether it is trading near the top, middle or bottom of the range.

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"The big lingering question is around the evolving regulatory landscape that could be on horizon for Google", Daniel Ives, an analyst with GBH Insights, wrote in an investor note Monday after the earnings results. The information services provider reported $9.70 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $10.12 by ($0.42).

Revenue jumped 26% to $31.15 billion, the internet giant said. Alphabet had a return on equity of 14.94% and a net margin of 11.42%. analysts predict that Alphabet Inc. will post 41.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

But Pichai's answer skips over the effect that GDPR will have on the other 20 percent of its advertising revenue, which comes from its Network Members' properties.

The number of YouTube channels earning "six figures annually" increased by more than 40% in the early part of the year, according to Pichai who also hunted at beta tests to offer content sponsorship packages.

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Last year, for the first time, Google spent more than any corporation on federal lobbying, which was also a first for any Silicon Valley company. This repurchase authorization allows the information services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases.

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Alphabet Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides online advertising services in the United States and internationally. The company offers performance and brand advertising services. Other bets' operating losses narrowed from $703 million to $571 million. The new rules may force Google to change its business practices and consequently affect future ad revenues.

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